New President may become most powerful figure in Kyrgyzstan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 22 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova/
Newly elected President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev may become the most powerful political figure in the country, though Kyrgyzstan is a parliamentary republic, Kyrgyz expert Sergei Masaulov believes.
"In practice Kyrgyzstan's new President will be stronger than any other political figure in the country," Masaulov told Trend by phone from Bishkek.
Almazbek Atambayev, acting Prime Minister, was officially recognized the winner of October 30 Presidential elections and will be inaugurated on Dec.1.
The elections were the first after Kyrgyzstan's shift of power in April 2010 and the change of political structure of the country from presidential to parliamentary legalized in June of the same year. Atambayev will replace Kyrgyz President of transition period Rosa Otunbayeva.
The expert said incumbent deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov is likely to replace Atambayev in the position of PM.
"In case Mr. Babanov becomes Prime Minister, he is likely to work in a tandem with President Atambayev," Masaulov believes.
According to Masaulov, theoretically the two political institutions - presidential and parliamentary, will be rivals, while the constitution of the country hardly provides a solution, but only deepens the conflict.
"Even after the change of political order to parliamentary the President of Kyrgyzstan has wider power in determination of state policy," the expert said.
As for Kyrgyzstan's general political course, Masaulov believes it is not clear yet because none of the political figures has concrete suggestions in this regard.
"Politicians in Kyrgyzstan now are using only empty ideological postulates without any concrete proposals and plans," he said.